Animal Fact File: Eagle

Key Points:

Name – Eagle (prefers Storm Chaser)
Species – Bird
Community – Bird of Prey
Colours – keeps it simple with browns, greys & whites with the occasional pop of yellow.

Size – HUGE!

  • Tallest – The Giant Philippine Eagle is considered the tallest and measures, on average, 100cm in height.
  • Heaviest – The Steller’s Sea Eagle, is the heaviest, weighing on average 6.7kg.
  • Widest – The White-tailed Eagle has the widest wind span averaging 218.5cm.
  • Females are larger than males.

Lifespan – on average, 20 years in the wild, up to 60 years in captivity

Distinguishing Feature(s) – hooked beak and super sharp talons.
Talent – can spot snacks up to 3 km away and fly 160kmph (100mph) to get to them.
Temperament – pretty chilled unless you look like a snack or stumble into their territory.

Living Arrangements: Eagle

Locations – will live pretty much anywhere EXCEPT for New Zealand and Antarctica.
Habitats – wherever it lays its nest and has access to good snacks
Home – Nest, usually high up out of the way of other pesky birds

Diet – Carnivore – This isn’t a bin chicken, if it moves; it’s having it!
Favourite Food – they’re quite partial to fish.

Family – Mate for life and are non-pushy parents. Instead of kicking their young out of the nest, they encourage (bribe) them with flying lessons and tasty snacks.

Predators – Adult Eagles are apex hunters, not to mention huuge, so the chances of someone getting one over on them is slim. But, their young (like all nippers) need to be aware of Stranger Danger.

Other Facts:

There are over 60+ different species of Eagle
Eagles have giant eyes – they’re the same size as humans but with 5 times better vision.
Eagle beaks are made of keratin just like human hair.
Sibling rivalry can quickly turn ugly, often resulting in the death of one or more Eaglets.
Eagles can fly as high as 10,000 feet or more
They’re cool.